I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Margaret Island paths
Budapest is a huge city, capital of
Hungary, and it has many parks scattered throughout the city. Like most big
cities Budapest has one major park, intended to provide a recreation facility
to the city. This park is called Margaret Island or Margitsziget. In the 13th
century, King Bela IV swore that if God would save Hungary from the invading
Tatars he would dedicate his youngest daughter to the service of God. Hungary
was saved, and Margaret became a nun on the Island. She found she quite enjoyed
the life, and refused when her father tried to “rescue” her later. She became
St. Margaret, lived and died on the island and her tomb is still there.
Waiting for Regis . . .
The island is ‘technically’ automobile free
except for one end where the hotel is, but as with most of pedestrian zones or
areas where vehicles are not allowed, there always seems to be some way around
it, and cars are only lessened, not banned. You can rent bicycles, multi-person
pedal vehicles, or even “The Villages” style golf carts, so although a pleasant
place to walk or run, you still have to watch for vehicles.
Admiring the Statue
The island is a wonderful place to run, and
has a proper soft surface running track all the way around, and we saw many
runners making use of this. As well, there are paths through every part of the
island. There are some small gardens, and a large rose garden in the center,
but mostly it is lovely treed walkways. Along the way you can visit a ruined
church, the ruins of Margaret’s Abbey, and one complete standing church.
We spent a lovely afternoon wandering the
island, and as we were leaving we got to stop and watch the musical fountain to
a Rolling Stones song in English.